“Shave Your Soul” to be released July 10

WEST BROOKFIELD — Local rock group The Casters have completed their debut album, “Shave Your Soul,” and will be releasing it (along with brand new merchandise) as part of the popular summer concert series on the West Brookfield Common, Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

The debut album from The Casters evokes contemporary bands such as Wilco and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. It also incorporates some retro, sixties-rock influences. This is unsurprising as The Casters are a multi-generational band, featuring Rob Adams (of “She’s Busy” fame) on lead guitar; his son, Jared Fiske, on guitar and vocals; Sean McKinstry on guitar and vocals; Ben Kowal on drums; Nick Smith on bass; and Jessica Adams on backing vocals and percussion. 

Smith was once a guitar student of Fiske’s, and Fiske was so impressed with Smith’s skills that he invited Smith to join the group on bass.

“We had to wait five years before we could offer him a beer!” recalled Fiske. All told, the band’s ages span 45 years, though their sound belies the gap. When The Casters take the stage, they create a singular sound. 

The album was produced by Fiske, mixed by Boston-based musician Luke Sullivan, and engineered/mastered by 13-time Emmy-winning musician Jim Chapdelaine. 

While the group’s origin is compelling, their real accomplishment is in the music. “Shave Your Soul” is a captivating collection of soulful compositions. Look for it this summer on Apple music, Google Play, Amazon, and CD Baby, or purchase a CD at one of their live performances.  To stream the first three songs from “Shave Your Soul,” visit bit.ly/thecasters-soundcloud.

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